Saint Attracta’s Well
St. Aiden's N.S., Monasteraden
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is believed to have lived at the time of St. Patrick.
is a lot of folklore about St. Attracta.
It is said she fled
from Ulster to Connacht to become a nun.
She came to
Killaraght (Church of Attracta) which became an important centre.
She may have had a religious home there and a hospital.
Well is situated 1 Km from Monasteraden on the road to
It is one of the most famous of the many
Holy Wells dedicated to Attracta.
The Well is enclosed by 3
In the middle of the Well there is a large carving
of Jesus on the cross (known locally as Clogher Cross).
o’Gara (Lord of Coolavin) is said to have this carved in 1668.
The instruments of the passion are on either side of Jesus –
hammer, nails, pincers and whip.
Under His left arm is the
most frequently quoted of penal symbols – the cock and pot.
The Pillar of the scourging can be seen.
palms are also visible – the symbol of Jesus’ entry into
The rounded stones on the top were said to be
Our school has the Clogher Cross on our
crest as a sign of our Catholic Ethos and also our interest in
Pattern Day (or Patron Day) was the 11th
August and prayers were said at the Well before the Parish Sports
were held on the MacDermot Estate. This was re-enacted this year
for our film ‘Heroes and Princes’